Career Transitions Forum

The Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations and networking activities designed to support professionals transitioning in their careers.

Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations and the local community present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.

Career advising is available for free from our prestigious team of business executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session and preferably who have completed a Career Services resume class.

To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF Zoom meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (NOTE: Advising appointments will be meeting virtually using Zoom, Teams or any platform that the advisor chooses.)

Upcoming meetings

CTF meets twice monthly: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Thursday. Meetings are currently online through Microsoft Teams. Once in-person meetings resume, they will be held at Trinity Baptist Church Chapel, 4815 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. (Directions | Church map)

Reserve your seat to begin the registration process for the next event by clicking the registration button below. Once you have registered and received your confirmation, you are set. You will have access to your Teams account. The instructor will send you a link before each meeting date.

If you have questions concerning registration, please email Maureen Sanchez at [email protected]. You may email Delia Burnett at [email protected] if you have questions concerning CTF or Career Services.

The CTF Facilitator is Deb Oronzio ([email protected]).

May 5 | Linked Updates, Hints & Tips | Debra Mathias, LinkedIn Ambassador & Coach

As the social media for business professionals, LinkedIn is constantly adding new features many of which are specifically designed to help people refine and enhance their job search. Deborah is a frequent speaker at CTF. I have listened to her LinkedIn talk at least five times, and I always learn something new. Since the power of LinkedIn is in the ways we use this tool, we invite you to join us so that you can be so that you can use your new skills to the Max.

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Debra Mathias is a frequent contributor at CTF as a LinkedIn Coach & Trainer, she brings the best tips to the table helping job seekers understand the many tools that LinkedIn has to offer. Implementing these can take your job search to a whole new level. As a bona fide LinkedIn Advisor, Debra is a connector throughout the community, hosting periodic LinkedIn Local gatherings to facilitate community building throughout the community.

May 17 | The Great Resignation - Implications for the Future of Work | Olivia Ecker, Director Talent Management

Since the onset of COVID in 2020, there’s been lots of upheaval in the job space. The opportunities that revealed themselves during this time are still being examined, negotiated, and worked out. These changes point to the need for employees who are adaptable and flexible since we are amidst a revolution within the marketplace. Learn some tips from a seasoned recruiter who will share the changes she’s experienced and offer valuable navigation tips.

Olivia Ecker is the global human resources business partner at United Phosphorus Limited (UPL), supporting strategic HR initiatives and employees in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She has professional experience in the biopharmaceutical, financial services and technology industries. Olivia is passionate about "employee experience" in full support of a "people first" HR Strategy. After relocating to North Carolina in 2018, she experienced her own career transition and is dedicating her time outside of work to helping others who are experiencing career transitions of their own. She is currently volunteering with Raleigh SHRM, Dress for Success NC, Activate Good, Note in the Pocket and Haven House. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattanville College and an MBA from Iona College.

June 2 | Successful Negotiation Strategies | Vickie Bevenour, Executive Coach & Author

Once you find your dream job, you want to be prepared to negotiate your fair market value. This takes research, setting priorities, and preparing your script to have this conversation. Yes, you should always negotiate something! Not only will you learn what to do, you will also learn about perfect timing and HOW to initiate a successful negotiation that is a win-win for both parties.

In marketing, creating a brand is essential to the success of the company or product. Branded products usually receive more attention and orders than super-simple unbranded materials. As a “product” within the job search marketplace, it is essential to create a brand that depicts your unique value to prospective hiring managers. We’ll discuss the value of branding as well as show you methods you can use to determine your unique brand.

 Vickie is an Executive Leadership Coach and Author of “Unleash Your Inner Leader”. Although this is her current focus, Vickie has been an instrumental career coach in her past, and, as she says, her heart remains with those who are in career transitions. She’s presented “Successful Negotiation Strategies” many times over and she will share client success stories that will convince you that negotiation of your job offer is a must!

June 16 | Branding Yourself For Success | Carrie Christiano, Career Coach & Resume Writer

In marketing, creating a brand is essential to the success of the company or product. Branded products usually receive more attention and orders than super-simple unbranded materials. As a “product” within the job search marketplace, it is essential to create a brand that depicts your unique value to prospective hiring managers. We’ll discuss the value of branding as well as show you methods you can use to determine your unique brand.

Carrie  Christiano Carrie brings insights gained from a background in HR talent acquisition and agency recruiting, where she worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies throughout the Triangle, including IBM, Red Hat, Cisco and LexisNexis. This background allows Carrie to offer a unique perspective on the recruiting and hiring process, having worked behind the scenes closely with HR authorities and hiring managers to fill hundreds of roles in finance, technology, and clinical research.

With a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from Tulane University, Carrie possesses a wealth of knowledge on methods used by hiring teams to determine skill set match and cultural fit. She owns her own consulting business and teaches classes in career transition at Wake Tech Community College and with Dress for Success, a nonprofit helping women achieve economic independence.

 

Note: This is a moderated group. Professionals must attend one or more CTF sessions to join.

CTF team

Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
CTF Facilitator and Advisor

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Carrie  Christiano
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CTF Advisor

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Rachel Cox
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Olivia Ecker
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Prashant Pandya
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Al Rankin
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Raul Rojas
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Enhance your resume, market yourself, explore a new career

Short courses through Wake Tech's Career Services provide assistance to adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. The fee is waived if you are unemployed, laid off or underemployed.

The college offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search.